IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Thu, 17 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 just is poem #1 or 1000 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13773-just-is-poem-1-or-1000.html just is poem #1 or 1000
 a carhit a carhit a carhit a carhit my friendron stoppedat a red lighthe checked outokay at thehospital Icould addphilosophicclichés hereweb of lifeout of theblue left fieldbut you cando that f...]]>
poop poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13736-poop-poem-2.html poop poem #2
 poop poem #2back to unpoetic topics here are twogrossies about dog poop I was inmadison working with my nephewhe lives three blocks from my sisterhe wasn’t up yet I figured I’d goshare a cup...]]>
musicpoem, sort of #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13701-musicpoem-sort-of-1.html musicpoem, sort of #1
 musicpoem, sort of #1when we were kids we took our musiclessons in madison every saturday atthe wisconsin school of music a big oldhouse with sound pouring out of every fissure from squeaks squa...]]>
babylon #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13669-babylon-1.html babylon #1
 babylon #1woke up worked drank coffee worked emails phone calls worked rearrangedmanuscript last minute stuff workedworked didn’t think a single thoughtabout you till I was driving late tochur...]]>
First day of spring poem http://illinoistimes.com/article-13629-first-day-of-spring-poem.html First day of spring poem
 First day of spring poemMy snowdrops are up, shivering, but visited by honeybees, and so I offer you my mother’s love poem to my dad, written in 1924, whiletheir May marriage was pending. Beca...]]>
storypoem #14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13601-storypoem-14.html storypoem #14
in the car the whole family drivingnorth I was eight I discovered a metalwhistle a slush pump by blowing andsliding the plunger up or down one couldmake swooping sounds I soon realizedby stopping on a...]]>
rye poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13569-rye-poem-1.html rye poem #1
I found an essay my sister wrote when shewas a college freshman her prof must haveasked for an autobiography it is of courseinteresting to me for we shared the samechildhood and some of the same memor...]]>
opera poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13513-opera-poem-4.html opera poem #4
 just viewed a magnificent aida fromthe met cast of thousands egyptiansets animals no elephants thoughpleated skirts familiar music but Ihave to confess in that final scenewith the lovers radames...]]>
on a monday morning http://illinoistimes.com/article-13482-on-a-monday-morning.html on a monday morning
 on a monday morning by John Knoepfle, former poet ofthis column; 91 on Feb. 4well dear heart what to say this sunshine hour it is a blue sky day the threat of the storm is gone you will be out a...]]>
violinist poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13457-violinist-poem-1.html violinist poem #1
 violinist poem #1my sister was nine when mom tookher young violinist to a fritz kreislerconcert in milwaukee at its closethey went backstage the famous artistwas surrounded he was perhaps sixtyj...]]>
arachnid poem #13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13428-arachnid-poem-13.html arachnid poem #13
 arachnid poem #13I’m sure you want to hear about spider sex males do not have copulatory organs they spin a small silk mat deposit their semen on it dip in their feelers then plunge these into...]]>
strange weather poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13392-strange-weather-poem-7.html strange weather poem #7
 oddest bit of weather yesterday so oddit was mentioned on the local news mildout sun yet it was suddenly snowing andno ordinary snow – evenly spaced, bluebetween, and no ordinary flakes either...]]>
family story poem # 23 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13374-family-story-poem--23.html family story poem # 23
 our family traveled after the waronce gas wasn’t rationed we went toflorida over christmas played on thebeach enroute we slept in those littleseparate tourist cabins that predatemotels mother...]]>
new year’s poem #9 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13315-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-poem-9.html new year’s poem #9
hi folks and happy january I havegood news we can’t destroy our earthno matter how we whack it frack itpollute it subject it to every outragewe can’t destroy it we can do in a lotof species includ...]]>
oomphalos poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13271-oomphalos-poem-1.html oomphalos poem #1
 oomphalos poem #1when my dad was sixty-seven he was in the hospital a couple months he was a terrible patient he wouldn’t eat the food wouldn’t drink the water “it tastes better in my hors...]]>
My gift http://illinoistimes.com/article-13255-my-gift.html My gift
This poem was written by my mother,Vera Wardner Dougan, to my father,for their first Christmas together, 1924. I’m repeating it here, for it is so simple, appropriate and t...]]>
longlastinglove poem http://illinoistimes.com/article-13223-longlastinglove-poem.html longlastinglove poem
 longlastinglove poem it’s been over forty years since jim  a former herdsman worked in this barn he stands here looking around feeling its emptiness reminisces my favorite cow was a big r...]]>
storypoem #16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13193-storypoem-16.html storypoem #16
nellie needham a spinster schoolteachermy grampa’s second cousin loaned himmoney in 1911 to build the round barn itwas paid back very slowly over the yearsduring the depression she lowered theintere...]]>
thanksgiving poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13164-thanksgiving-poem-7.html thanksgiving poem #7
 thanksgiving poem #7one of the happiest events at our university has occurred yearly since ’77 the international festival last week was no exception colorful native dress and design tasty nati...]]>
from a great-grandkid poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13124-from-a-great-grandkid-poem-1.html from a great-grandkid poem #1
 one hears family stories that arerevealed quite late sometimes onlyas conjecture for instance my friend’spaternal great-grandmother when themen in black pulled up in their blackhearse-like car...]]>
irony poem I guess # 2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13110-irony-poem-i-guess--2.html irony poem I guess # 2
 irony poem I guess # 2 with the world deteriorating in almost any area you think of consider farmland gobbled up oceans dying ditto the humanities I hesitate to mention that as a kid I found the...]]>
north fifth street poem #17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13070-north-fifth-street-poem-17.html north fifth street poem #17
every weekday morning I hear the pledge of allegiance it’s broadcast all over the neighborhood by the school next door, no I don’t stop what I’m doing composting the garbage or wiping up a...]]>
weedseed poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13037-weedseed-poem-1.html weedseed poem #1
 weedseed poem #1going through old farm stuff I finda folder called wis crop improvementass’n it holds a 1965 program for anarea meet that includes a workshop on weed seed identification and en...]]>
prayerpoem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13007-prayerpoem-4.html prayerpoem #4
 today’s prayers were in lugandamukama tukwebaza, olwobulamubwafte era tukwebazza olwabantubonna abali wano embanjawuloabakazi abassajja aberu nabadugavulord we thank you for our lives andwe th...]]>
farmer letter poem #16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12969-farmer-letter-poem-16.html farmer letter poem #16
 farmer letter poem #16thursday we had the universitydown harvesting their corn yieldtest plots then yesterday we madesixty-five cows happy by tellingthem the extent of their pregnancy©2013 Jacq...]]>
bowdlerpoem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12941-bowdlerpoem-1.html bowdlerpoem #1
 a pure minded pedant of yore(starts like a limerick don’t youthink? never fear) well this guypurged ancient literature of anyoffense he eliminated all suchtainted material but he was toomuch a...]]>
suicide poem number what http://illinoistimes.com/article-12914-suicide-poem-number-what.html suicide poem number what
suicide poem number whatwell it’s three years today sinceshe chose to leave us I shouldn’tfeel any different today since Ithink about her every day butsomehow your bones remind youmore strongly. I...]]>
foodie poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12888-foodie-poem-4.html foodie poem #4
those of us who live alone talk out loudto ourselves, come up with varied gamesone of mine when the larder is bare yet going to the store seems onerous is toplay freezer surprise select something long...]]>
cicada poem # 17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12865-cicada-poem--17.html cicada poem # 17
cicada poem # 17my backyard is shrill with sexno it ain’t no coffee kletchall the guys that fill the treesare shrieking git me with their kneeslocust ladies loose their thongschoose the studs wi...]]>
hearing poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-12833-hearing-poem-1.html hearing poem #1
I have a friend with tinnitus hehas sound in his head all the timesometimes it’s a buzzing he sayssometimes a hissing but it’s constantalways there sometimes he tells meI stand out on the ...]]>